October 22, 2017

Sunday Devotional With Mr. E: PEACE

Artists produce work for varied reasons.  There are times they create to display skill, make money, fulfill others' visions, work through ideas for future pieces, etc.  Some of these reasons are "detached" from the heart, emotion, and passions of the artist. The work possess value/merit, and is very much a part of every artist's journey.  However, there is something powerful & compelling about work that comes from the depths of one's experiences.  When an artists creates from that raw and present place of where they are....amazing things can come to fruition. A person struggling with loss can imbue their work with the pain & confusion that comes with such emotion.  The work may take on a style, color palette, and compositional construct that is divergent from the "normal". This may allow the viewer to connect with a work in a way that might not have happened if the artist wouldn't have allowed themselves to create out of that "place".  That is an amazing gift.  The artist can express/communicate emotions in a way that resonates with others like little else can. We are able to to meet the viewer where they are....and share our humanity.

Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble.  Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult.  On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.  For, "Whoever would love life and see good days must keep their tongue from evil and their lips from deceitful speech.  They must turn from evil and do good; they must seek peace and pursue it.
1 Peter 3:8-11

I'll admit that my art is rarely angry, depressing, or full of angst.  It isn't who I am.  I've always been a more positive personality that can see/find the good in almost anyone/any situation. For me to create "angry" art in order to reach new views would not be authentic.  Even during times of struggle in my life...there is always hope in my work.  As Christians, we have a hope/peace that passes all understanding.  This is not to say that we can't wrestle with loss, anger, pain, confusion, frustration..etc.  I have not made it through life this far without my share of such situations, but I've always found myself holding onto the peace that only God can provide.  I want my life to reflect this truth. I don't want to fall into the trap of negativity that our world seems to be elevating.  I want to be able to be a light in the darkness.  I want to be able to speak life to people that so desperately need it.  AND...I want my art to reflect my hope.. Even if I'm in a "bad" place...I desire to produce work that shows the struggle to seek & pursue peace in midst of  "bad" times.  With the Lord...it is possible.  

1 comment:

  1. Thanks again for writings that give hope and inspiration and a realistic view of our profession! I love that Cristianity is featured as the driving force!